Repentance Is A Way Of Life
The word repent and its derivatives appear in the Bible well over a hundred times. We should learn what it means.
Repentance is a way of life, but only for Christians. It is a desirable way of life. In our world today repentance is misunderstood and sometimes ridiculed. Unbelievers do not know what it is and do not experience it. Satan does not want them to know what it is. Repentance is a good thing. It is a blessing. It is the way to stay in a right relationship with the Lord. It is not in unbelievers and it is not available to them until they want to become Christians.Romans 3:12: They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Repentance is a gift of God.2 Timothy 2:24-25: And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
One side of repentance is turning to God. It happens first when we receive Jesus and then it happens countless times in the life of one who has received Jesus when he is convicted of his sin. The other side of repentance is turning from sin. Without turning to God, turning from sin accomplishes nothing of spiritual value. Turning from sin but not to God can increase men*s pride. If one has not repented of his sin and submitted to the influence of God, he is not a Christian at all. Salvation itself is caused by the influence of God.Acts 20:21: Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
The simplest definition of repentance I can think of is to confess our sin, stop sinning and do what is right. The first right thing anyone can do is receive Jesus. Sometimes believers do not repent when they should, but repentance is available to them. Often we believers repent without knowing the word for it. The activity of repenting is more important than the word and it can be done without the word or its definition. A believer who confesses and forsakes his sin is repenting.1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
I believe some of the definitions of repentance found in the International Standard Bible Dictionary will be interesting and helpful.
Care to discuss Repentance Is A Way Of Life with Ron?